The Awards and Honors newsletter features recent awards and honors recognizing our talented and dedicated MGH staff and employees.
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Brian Abbott, PA, of the Orthopaedics Department, and Joshua Caplin, PA, of the Cardiology Division, have each received a Distinguished Physician Assistant Award. Each October, the MGH plans a week of events to recognize its PAs during National Physician Assistant Week. This new award was created to recognize physician assistants who continually demonstrate outstanding character, leadership and clinical performance. Abbott and Caplin are respected by their peers, co-workers, managers and supervising physicians while exemplifying the mission and values of the hospital. O’Neil Britton, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, pictured with Abbott, left, and Caplin
Sandra Clancy, PhD, program manager in the Pediatric Coordinated Clinic and Pediatric Palliative Care Service and co-chair of the Family Advisory Council (FAC), and Darcy Daniels, mother of a MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patient and co-chair of the FAC, have received the 2017 Partnership Award from the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC). They accepted the award for the “Wendy’s Welcome” video, which provides information to patients waiting in the Emergency Department and outlines their stay throughout the MGHfC. The honor highlights innovative partnerships among patients, families and health care professionals. At its 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., IPFCC recognized MGHfC and four other hospitals that developed and implemented innovative projects because of those partnerships.
Mario Rodas, administrator for the MGH Physical and Occupational Therapy Services, and Xavier Fernando Vela Parada, MD, research fellow in Nephrology, have each received the Ernesto Gonzalez Award. The 12th annual award is named for physician Ernesto Gonzalez, MD, of MGH Dermatology and recognizes MGH staff who are working to better serve the Latino community at the MGH and beyond. Pictured from left, Rodas, Gonzalez and Vela Parada
Gad Getz, PhD, director of Bioinformatics at the MGH Cancer Center and Department of Pathology, has received the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The award recognizes promising investigators aged 45 or younger for making significant contributions to the understanding of cancer or improving the treatment of the disease through basic or clinical research. It was created to honor Paul Marks, MD, president emeritus of Memorial Sloan Kettering, for his contributions as a scientist, teacher and leader during the 19 years he headed the institution. Getz is also a Broad Institute Member where he directs the Cancer Genome Computational Analysis group, an associate professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, and the Paul C. Zamecnik, MD, Chair in Oncology at the MGH Cancer Center.
Frederick Jakobiec, MD, DSc, director of the David G. Cogan Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), has received the Merrill Reeh Pathology Award from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). This award is given to an individual who has written the most important eye pathology paper on the subject of oculoplastics during the preceding academic year, as judged by the ASOPRS membership. His winning paper was entitled "Pigmentation of the Lacrimal Sac Epithelium," and was written with Anna Stagner, MD, Francis Sutula, MD, Suzanne Freitag, MD, and Michael Yoon, MD, all of MEEI.
Leonard B. Kaban, DMD, MD, chief emeritus of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has received the Clinical Research Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS). He received the award at the 99th AAOMS annual meeting in San Francisco, California Oct. 11. The AAOMS presents this award in recognition of fellows who are engaged in clinical research which fosters innovations and new diagnostic and therapeutic interventions applicable to the clinical practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Douglas Levy, PhD, of the MGH Mongan Institute for Health Policy, has had his paper “Delivering on the Promise of Smoke-Free Public Housing” selected as one of the Best Papers of the Year by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). This award recognizes a published paper that substantially contributes to our knowledge and understanding of a significant public health issue. The paper must address an important and timely public health issue; be innovative, offering new knowledge or insights; have the potential to have a significant public health impact; and advance public health. Levy’s paper discusses a November 2016 rule mandated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that prohibits smoking in public housing projects, and they then identify the difficult challenges that facility managers face to implement the rule. The December 2017 issue of AJPH will feature a column featuring Levy’s paper among the winning manuscripts.
Laura Lewis, PhD, of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, has received the Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). Supported by The Gruber Foundation, the award recognizes young neuroscientists for outstanding research and educational pursuit in an international setting. The award was presented at Neuroscience 2017, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health. Lewis’ research aims to understand neural circuits that regulate arousal and to identify how these circuits influence information processing across large-scale brain networks that modulate cognition and behavior.
Robert Martuza, MD, chief emeritus of MGH Neurosurgery, has had his sculpture series, “Passion of a Surgeon,” selected to appear in the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Visualize Health Equity nationwide community art project’s permanent online gallery. By sharing insights directly from people in diverse communities around the U.S., the goal of this community art project is to get more people thinking and talking about health equity and the social determinants of health. It is NAM’s hope that through a creative lens, people can better understand what others across the country see as the most important health challenges and opportunities facing their communities. Martuza’s series in bronze and marble is about the life of an academic surgeon and how he or she contributes to health equity through teaching, patient care, research and ultimately retirement.
Dan McCarthy, Parking Operations supervisor for Police, Security and Outside Services, has received the National Parking Association’s prestigious Certified Parking Professional (CPP) accreditation. McCarthy joins a total of 500 CPPs worldwide. Established in 1993, the National Parking Association certification program seeks to enhance professionalism in the parking industry, raise the awareness of the impact and importance of the parking industry and set the standard for parking excellence.
The MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) has received the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, the only health professions school in New England to be honored. The MGH Institute is one of just 23 schools in the country to receive the Health Professions HEED Award, which recognizes medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Also on Oct. 20, the IHP opened its new interprofessional learning client care area, called the IMPACT Practice Center.
Hajirah Saeed, MD, of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, has received the 2017 Claes Dohlman Fellowship Award. This award recognizes outstanding fellows and junior faculty members who are training in the areas of cornea, refractive surgery and external diseases. Saeed received the award on Nov. 11 at the Claes Dohlman Society Dinner during the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting.
Susan Slaugenhaupt, PhD, scientific director of the MGH Research Institute and investigator in the Center for Genomic Medicine and the Department of Neurology, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). 
Her three-year term begins Jan. 1, 2018. The ASHG was founded in 1948, has nearly 8000 members, and is the primary professional membership organization for human geneticists worldwide.
Stephanie Sogg, PhD, psychologist at the MGH Weight Center, has been awarded the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s (ASMBS) 2017 Distinguished Behavioral Health Provider Award. This award recognizes an ASMBS behavioral health member who has made an extraordinary effort for promoting the values of behavioral health: Clinical Excellence, Advocacy, Research and Education. Sogg was recognized as a role model in these four core areas and promotes the values of metabolic and bariatric behavioral health to other colleagues, hospital administrators and other organizations. She also was honored for demonstrating clinical excellence in promoting the emotional and physical well-being of metabolic and bariatric patients by working with patients, colleagues and family members, in a respectful, empathic manner.
David Sweetser, MD, PhD, unit chief of Medical Genetics and Metabolism for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), has been named the inaugural incumbent of the Leslie Meyer and Lewis Ball Holmes Chair in Genetics and Teratology. The chair is named for and made possible by Lewis Ball Holmes, MD,unit chief emeritus of Medical Genetics for MGHfC, who has dedicated his career to medical genetics and pediatric teratology and his wife, Leslie Holmes. Sweetser also is a member of the Center for Genomic Medicine, a member of the Center for Cancer Research, a member of the MGH Cancer Center, a clinical associate in Pediatric Genetics at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and MGH site director for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network. This chair will allow Sweetser to build on his career as a leader in the field of human genetic disorders and recognizes his contributions and leadership in this area at the MGH. Pictured from left, Lewis Holmes, Leslie Holmes, Sweetser and Ronald Kleinman, MD, MGHfC physician-in-chief